She expound on the reasons for the combined CLUB FILIPINO ILLAWARRA-USTAA, Illawarra & Sydney gathering first and foremost is because as both are founding members of APCO they feel there’s a bond that link them since APCO’s inception. They both believe there’s power in cooperation. And they both share the same visions and dreams; the ultimate goal is to be able to help some of our disadvantaged “kababayans” in the Philippines.
They also both believe that doing a medical mission in the future lies within CFI & USTAA reach and so will take full advantage of their combined resources. But a great deal of work is of course necessary and must continue to find ways to reach the set goals through fundraising and raffles which they are doing only in a small scale, in-house raffle during the night. She emphasized that the task would be simple with the help of Filipinos themselves, like the ones present who will support and enjoy doing so.
Before she ended, she asked who among the attendees are wearing pink as October is breast cancer awareness month; I happened to have the Pink Ribbon from Cancer Council and put it on. She advised that there is a new 3D Technology for diagnosing breast cancer which give a more reliable diagnosis of breast lumps. And that it is necessary to see everyone’s GP this month to have a check up and ask about what’s this new technology. Glad I had a test done and came out negative. I always do this every two years from Cancer Council reminder which they automatically send.
She concluded to say, “October is more than just Pink Ribbon month but more about the many who suffer with the disease and that if we have a dollar to spare to donate to please do so because it will go a long way.” (by Noemi Ognilla, Secretary CFI & USTAA, Illawarra & Sydney)
Attendees from APCO - Sydney, with Mir McCauley, Myrna Jover l-r) Malyn Vasquez, Myrna Jover, Lita Gorman, Raquel
& Malyn Vasquez. (l-r) Seated: Richard Ford, Jhun Salazar with Josephine Garcia, Merly Edmonson, Lina Galang &
his sister and Emylee Tuzon. Standing: Mir, Myrna, Roberto Noemi Ognilla
Socillito, Joe Brewington, Cora Perez, Mick Miguel, Violy Miguel,
Cen Amores, Linda Trinidad, Emma Braceros, Vivian Brewington,
Mellie Connelly and Malyn.
More Maharlika dancers with Albert Prias the emcee and also Maharlika with Espy & Rey Megino posed after their fabu-
singer for the night lous Broadway song and dance numbers.
Dr Cen Amores receiving a Certificate Dr Myrna Jover received from Jhun Seasoned performer Brian Lorenz
of Appreciation from Mir McCauley for Salazar 3 certificates for USTAA as a Babon belted a few songs
her contribution to the Filipino founding member organisation,
Community in her capacity as, APCO donation, and participation during the
Founding President, Federal People of Freedom Ball.
Australia Ambassador, NSW Fiipino
Ministerial Consultative Committee,
Outstanding Women of the West '12 by
UWS, CRC Multicultural March Advisory
Board, Kapitbahayan Chair for Mem-
bership Development and Adviser to
(l-r) Emylee Tuzon, Emma Braceros, Mellie Connelly, Linda Trinidad sung a song from Mindanao while Emma
Victor Valdez, Brian Lorenz Babon performed a modern Braceros & Emylee Tuzon danced with the music
(l-r) Justine & Celine dela Cruz, Hannah & Nicole Jover It was my turn this time, Noemi, Zorayda Hazel &
wowing the crowd with their performance Malyn Vasquez
May Bitabara Jackson posed for photo after Noemi, Zorayda Hazel and Malyn Vasquez
winning the raffle
Enjoying dancing were Tina Lazlo, Edna Steele, Dida They were joined in the dance floor by Rob Soligo, Johna
Garin, Fe Bitabara, Irene Valera and Dorie Piaggio Bitabara, Done Grahame & Mila Gooley
Next day CFI-APCO picnic by the lake, a thank you gesture for the attendees and performers from Sydney